In today's society families are made up of all different combinations, however this brings the need for fresh information. The show will include advice from leading experts in their field on how to navigate through the minefield of having a child. Topic areas include legal provisions, surrogacy, fertility, co-parenting and fostering and adoption. This one day event provides you with the opportunity to chat in an informal atmosphere to the people who can give you the answers you need. There will also be a series of seminars and focus groups where you can explore the areas that interest you in more detail.
The show is run by event and publishing specialist Square Peg Media and sponsored by The London Women's Clinic. This year's legal partners are family law firm Dawson Cornwell.
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Charlie Condou is best known for playing Marcus Dent in ITV soap Coronation Street since 2007. As well as being a keen LGBT advocate he has experience as gay parent having two children, Georgia and Hal, in a co-parenting arrangement with his close friend Catherine Kanter. Charlie lives in London with his partner Cameron, who shares responsibility for the children. Charlie has been extremely vocal about his experiences as a gay father; writing a column in The Guardian and also speaking at the 2013 Alternative Parenting Show and on both BBC News and BBC Radio 5 live.
Read Charlie in The Guardian here
Sophie Ward is an actor and writer from North London. She has worked in film, television and theatre and writes a regular column for g3 magazine.
In 1996, Sophie met her partner Rena, and they came out as a couple. Together, they raised Sophie’s two children from her previous marriage, who were 3 and 7 years old at the time. As a family, they faced the particular challenges, as well as the advantages, of being an alternative family in a small rural community.
Sophie is currently studying for her PhD at Goldsmiths and is touring in Agatha Christie’s play, Go back For Murder
Read Sophie in The Guardian here